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    May 13, 2013
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that does it for this edition of "360." thanks for watching. >> more of our exclusive interview with ariel castro brothers is out front. and, first, the irs is accused of targeting groups, depending on their politics. and, now, the justice department is accused of a massive and unprecedented snooping on america's journals. what is going on in washington? let's go "outfront."
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>> and good evening, everyone. i'm erin burnett. "outfront" tonight, just in, we have new audio recordings of the dispatch radio communications moments after the police arrested ariel castro last week. take a listen. >> adam 23. the neighbor rides motorcycles. he had like three motorcycles that he personally owns. the suspect. >> we've got ariel castro and castro in custody here at mcdonald's. >> thank you. >> and this comes as we're learning that the fbi has run the suspected kidnapper's dna across the national data basement a lot of people wondered if there are other women linked to this. so far, no links to open crimes. his dna is ruled out of other state or national cases that have dna. now the former bus driver who is accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting michelle knight, amanda berry and gina dejesus for a decade is in jail tonight. he doesn't have access to mail
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or television or anything like that. "outfront" tonight, cnn's pam brown is in cleveland with more details on the case. pam, wanted to ask you, i know you have new information about how authorities handled michelle knight's missing case. she's been sort of the crucial person, the woman that was there the longest, who may have been treated the absolute worst and what do you know about where she is and what's happening to her now? >> well, erin, we did speak to her stepbrother earlier today. we're told that family still does not know her whereabouts. we heard she's in a safe place and comfortable. we're learning more about what happened when she was missing. we obtained her missing person's report. we talked to the fbi and talked to cleveland police. here's what we know. her name was taken off the ncic data base, that is the national crime information center data base obtained by the fbi, it distributes missing person's information to law enforcement agencies nationwide.
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her name was taken off that data base 15 months after she went missing. police here in cleveland kept her case open and checked every year. then in january of last year, erin, police were able to verify that michelle knight was still missing. they were able to contact a family member. her name was put back on that data base and then in november of last year her name was taken back off the data base because police were unable to reach a family member to confirm. now, of course, the big question here, erin, is if michelle knight was missing after ten years and they couldn't reach her family, are there more steps you should take before you take her name off that data base? police are saying, look, we're just following protocol. we tried to reach out several different ways. we couldn't reach a family member. we just followed protocol. >> amazing what we learned over the past few weeks with this story and boston bombing story and missing person list and terror list and how we rely on these and how deeply imperfect they are. you've also been reporting on ariel castro's past and the possibility of future charges.
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obviously, we know they would like to go for the death penalty. what you are able to tell us about him now? >> that's right, erin. we've actually obtained several police reports involving ariel castro over the last several years to help paint a picture of who this person was. were there missed opportunities along the way? we have at least six police reports where he was named the suspect. there was one back in 1989, a domestic violence dispute with his ex-wife. this report says he slammed his ex-wife across the wall, slammed her across the washing machine, slapped her across the face several times. there was no charges in that case. and then in 1993, threw his ex-wife to the ground, hitting her on the face and body, kicked her body sh it said in the report her son ran away and police chased him. the wife had to have brain surgery a month before and prone to seizures. this caused her several health issues. we did talk to police and they say the wife was urged to file charges and she never took the additional steps. then in '94, a neighbor says that castro attempted to hit him
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with a shovel when castro -- when there was some discussion about a chain link fence and that the neighbor said that castro was trying to hit him and that he said he's going to take care of you, saying that to the neighbor. and then in '96, another dispute with a neighbor. in 2004, we're learning, erin, that we heard castro left a child on a bus. we're learning in this police report that he told the child lay down on the bus so that he could go into wendy's to get food according to this report. and interesting to note that he wasn't charged in any of these cases. >> which is obviously shocking to so many who watch this. thanks very much to pam. ariel castro, as you probably aware, is charged with four counts of kidnapping, three of rape. bhaut about the allegations of physical abuse and the ones of
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forcing one of his captives to have multiple miscarriages? "outfront" tonight, ohio attorney general mike dewine. good to talk you to again, attorney general. i appreciate you doing. this you just heard our pam brown reporting, you know, michelle knight, the older of the three women who we have not heard much from, not seen yet was put back on the missing person's list on january 2012 then taken off. she was on it, off it, on it, off it. is this something that was just done according to protocol or is some something that you look back and think that we need to make some real changes to how we maintain these lists? >> well, i think we do need to look back and see whether the protocol we're using is the best protocol. what we find with missing persons is if they do not have family that can be contacted or family that is close by, you know, good structure of the family, sometimes they do not get the attention and that's
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really not intentionally because of the police but sometimes they just can't gather the information that they need. so i think it is, you know, we learn from examples like this and maybe we should take a look at that. >> and what about last week when you and i spoke, you said when the grand jury looks at this and has all the evidence, "i would expect a lot of charges to come out", what other charges do you anticipate? we don't have any more now beyond the rape and kidnapping. do you think there will be more, significantly more? >> well, i talked to the prosecutor this morning. we did not specifically talk about that. ultimately it will be up to him and his prosecutors and the grand jury. but from what we know, one would assume it will be multiple, multiple counts of rape. you know, from what we know this went on and on and on. so i would anticipate a lot of charges being added when this case eventually come out of the grand jury. >> all right. i'm going to guess if you charge for every time that he raped them, then over a decade, i mean it's sobering number to consider.
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>> it is sobering and is going to depend on what the victims will tell the police. and that's obviously they're the key witnesses, they're the key people. >> and what about the other people that at least appear to be for a while involved, ariel castro's brothers. they've both been cleared. but our reporter spoke to them exclusively. he asked them how it is possible they didn't know which sort of dumb foundz a lot of people. here's how they answered that question. i want to play it for you. >> those people out there, i'm telling you something. i had nothing to do with this. i don't know how my brother got away with it for so many years because that would never cross my mind. >> he fooled you. >> he fooled me. i used to go there more than he did to work on cars, clean the yard. help him out and stuff. but never went beyond the kitchen. >> there was nothing? >> absolutely nothing that i could see that was unusual in
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that backyard. i can't say in the house because i haven't been in the house in years. >> i'm just curious, a lot of people are wondering this, you know, you take the two gentlemen in. authorities did. they thought that they could be related to this case. and now they seem to be completely exonerated and cleared yet they spent all this time with him. how can police and the fbi be so sure? >> well, again, i'm not, you know, in the minds of the fbi or the cleveland police department. but i think clearly the prosecutor is going to be looking and the police will continue to look at who knew what. you know, did this guy really pull this off for ten years with absolutely no one knowing about it? it sounds, you know, hard to believe.
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but i suppose it's possible. this investigation is not over. no one said the investigation is over. all they have said is that no one else has been charged except the one defendant so far. whether or not anybody else is charged or not will depend on what the police find and what the fbi finds and the prosecutor finds. >> attorney general dewine, good to talk to you again sir. appreciate your time. a 12-year-old boy stabbed his 8-year-old sisser to death. the boy was 12 years old. because the accused born a killer? plus, the irs under fire for targeting conservative groups with audits. just how much did irs leadership and the administration know and when did they know it? plus, what o.j. simpson looks like today and why he was in court. and we have new information about the man who held those three women captive for a decade. you're going to hear the exclusive interview with his brothers later on in the program. ♪
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our second story out front. police have arrested a 12-year-old boy arrested in the stabbing of his sister. he later proved to be a lie. >> so in my heart, i thought it was him from get-go. >> this parent, among those in the central california town who had quietly suspected the unusually stoic brother of layla fowler had something to do with her killing. the 12-year-old, emotionless, appeared before his traumatized town amid a massive man hunt that terrified the community.
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he stabbed his 8-year-old sister to death. a story that authorities now say was fiction. the boy's biological mother told reporters he was protective of and loved his sister. >> my son loved his sister so much. i know he would never hurt his sister. they never even used to fight when they were little. he never pushed her around like big brothers and sisters do. >> reporter: after the girth's death from multiple stab wounds, the town rallied around the family, covering the area with purple ribbons, leila's favorite color. now that the suspected child killer turns out to be a chil himself, a sense of betrayal is beginning to take hold says a man who had to remove the flyers and cancel a fund-raiser for the family. >> there was more shock than relief and sadness because it was actually the 12-year-old who had started all this stuff and then people got angry with it and then it just blew up. >> reporter: investigators would not discuss motive or evidence but the middle school says the boy had been suspended for five days this school year after he brought a pocket knife to work. penny killmore whose daughter goes to school with the boy
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describes him as being distant, even glassy eyed at times, very different from his bubbly 8-year-old sister. >> i was devastated for the family and just for that little boy. my heartached for him. something inside him, he has to be so angry and mad to do something like that. >> and this is just an awful story to imagine. i know the family called a press conference for tomorrow. do you have any sense about why they would call it now? what they're going to be saying? >> we only know what we've been told. we know it's going to be a prepared statement, not just to the press but to the community as well. we know it's being coordinated through the sheriff's office. it's going to be right here in
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this parking lot where i'm standing. we don't know who's going to be involved. it is going to be the biological mother, stepmother and father? independly, we did hear from the stepmother through a social media website and she told us that the family simply needs time to process everything. you can certainly understand that. this is just horrific to imagine. >> yes. thank you very much. "outfront" tonight, clinical psychologist joins us. good to have you with us again. this story sim possible to imagine. you know, as you heard our reporter saying about the boy's mother, he was protective of her. he loved his sister. they didn't even fight like other kids would have done. is that protectiveness a sign of something more sinister? how do you know? >> it's always possible. it could be some sort of an obsession. she could have been the only person that he was tied into as far as society.
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perhaps his link to reality. we really don't know at this time. and, therefore, if something untort happened between the two of them, he may have had a meltdown, couldn't control himself. but i think we need to look at a -- this is a kid that brought knives to school. >> that's what we need to look at. there is a prior history here. brought a knife to school. if he did this, he stayed quiet. he lied about what happened as far as an intruder. and then we hear from this woman that you had in the package about he often seemed distant and glassy eyed. and all those things, i'm thinking red flag, red flag, red flag. perhaps a young boy melting down, emotional issues and perhaps not getting mental help, treatment, mental health treatment which is what he needs. >> if a 12-year-old child kills another human being, this is a question with all these horrible things that have been happening recently in this country. we've all been covering. trying to understand what makes people do these things. if you're 12 years old, does that mean you were born to do those things? >> well, what we know about people who may be psychopaths or sociopaths is that they may be born with a genetic predisposition. we call that the geno type.
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the fenal type, actually acting it out, only comes after there have been traumas or all sorts of emotional issues that may have affected that individual and then they went from fantasy holding ton a lot of rage to acting out. you don't inherit it. you inherit it but it takes several traumas to actually bring it out. that's what we'll be hearing about in the next couple of days, what happens to this child? >> thank you very much, doctor. the beating of a man caught on tape and why the men accused of doing it say they were absolutely justified. and the irs is accused of targeting conservative groups. you have tea party in your name or patriot, they're going to go look at you. president obama weighed in today. he said what he'll do if those claims are true. our third story "outfront," what looks to be a deadly police beating on tape. now family members of the man who died are fighting for access to the video and audio taken bye-bye standers at the scene. the father of four young children dialed after police say they were responding to reports of public inintoxication and a 33-year-old resisted arrest. stephanie, attorneys for the silva family have video of what is allegedly the beating.
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but they say there is better video out there that is now not accessible. what is the story behind that? >> reporter: exactly, erin. if you take a look at the surveillance video, it is grainy and far away. but what they're really interested in seeing are these two cell phone videos that were taken, we know there were at least two that were taken or confiscated by the police or that they could take a look at them as evidence. they're saying the police are saying that they will get the phones back to the judge who will then get them back to the people who own them. but what is at issue here is whether or not it was okay for them to take those phones in the
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first place. in this case where a man was reportedly a call came in saying there is someone who may be drunk out here on the street. they showed up. one deputy with a canine. and then another deputy came in. on top of that, we know at least two chp officers were also on the scene as well, erin, to assist in this. and so some people around here think it was too much force and in a case of just one man, erin. >> obviously with saying, look, we're going to confiscate a are video makes it more difficult to figure out what happened. what kind of area is it where it happened? were there a lot of people that would have seen it or no? >> well, keep in mind this happened at around midnight. it was between midnight and 1:00 a.m. where this happened. on the side of street where we are, it is homes. but behind us that, is the medical center. that is where david silva was taken after what the incident that occurred here right on the corner. so because of that, it was in the middle of the night, the sounds are what woke people up. in fact, we talked to one witness who did not want to be identified listen to what he had to say. >> what did you hear the man on the ground screaming? what was he saying? >> he was asking for help. he was screaming with pain. and he asked for help. he only got to ask for help like three times. after that, i'm pretty sure he didn't recall like nothing like -- those hits were brutal, you know? >> so now the other thing here is that the lawyer for the silva family, they now hired a lawyer.
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he says that there may be a history of intimidation here in kern county, california. that's one thing they're looking into as well in this case, erin. >> thank you very much, stephanie. still to come, so the president called it a political circus today. perhaps a political circus of his own orchestration? has the tide turned against the white house on benghazi? plus, o.j. simpson was back in court today. he looks extremely different than probably how you remember him. he has been behind bars. we'll show you what's that's done to him. they say they have nothing to do with the imprisonment of the three women in cleveland. they were arrested for that and then released. do you believe them? hear their side of the story from the men themselves. our exclusive interview "outfront" next. >> what is your brother to you now? >> monster.
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welcome to the second half of ou. we start with stories we care about where we focus on our reporting from the front lines. i went to begin with benghazi. president obama responded to mounting questions today about why al qaeda's involvement in the benghazi attacks which was
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fut in the talking points by the cia was removed by the state department or the white house. the president dismissed it calling the matter a political circus. >> the whole issue of this talking points, frankly, throughout this process has been a side show. what we have been very clear about throughout was that immediately after this event happened, we were not clear who exactly carried it out, how it had occurred, what the motivations were. >> he did not provide an explanation for, though, for why the final talking points put out a version of events that no one thought occurred in the cia or anywhere else in the administration. the president also responded to the release of internal e-mails saying that members of congress had reviewed them months ago and determined there was nothing
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afoul of the process. a car bomb blew up near a hospital on a busy street. benghazi, of course, has become an increasingly violent and unsafe place. but until this time government agencies, western entities had been the targets, not civilians. sarah lee witson says this is the first time there was an attack near or at a hospital. with the iranian elections a month away, the supreme leader was hoping a conservative candidate would be a shoe in. two candidates, though, may change the outcome. current president ahmadinejad has been grooming one of his top aides for the post.
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and then there is someone else to watch, the long time khomeni rival. kenneth pauling sells us the other rival stands less of a chance but he will be a much tougher problem for khomeni if elected. now an "outfront" update. philadelphia abortion dr. kermit gosnell has been found guilty of first-degree murder. the conviction includes three counts of first-degree murder and the killing of three babies by cutting their spinal cords. now he was also found guilty of involuntary manslaughter and the death of a 41-year-old woman under his care as well as 21 counts of aborting fetuses beyond 24 weeks which is illegal in pennsylvania. now gosnell could be sentenced to death and right now that trial will move into the penalty phase. o.j. is back. the disgraced football player in court this week pleading for a new trial in the robbery, asaument and kidnapping case that sent him to prison for 33 years in 2008. now you can see him then and now. he's new legal team claims simpson was horribly represented
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in the first trial by an attorney that had a conflict of interest. but our law professor says proferring proving the claims is a long shot. it has been 648 days since the united states lost its top credit rating. what are we doing to get it back? retail sales rose unexpectedly in april after a slump. and the drivers, pun intended, strong car sales and spedding on building supplies for that recovery we started to see in the home market. and now our fourth story "outfront," the brothers of ariel castro, the man charged with kidnapping three young women for a decade are breaking their silence. in an exclusive interview with our martin savage, they insist they had nothing to do with the abductions even though they were taken into custody regarding that. they've been released. they also spoke to martin about what happened after they were picked up by police last week. >> reporter: were the two of you able to talk to one another while in jail? >> no. >> reporter: couldn't communicate? >> no. >> reporter: you were in separate cells? >> they told us not to. >> reporter: where was ariel? >> he was ott front in suicide watch. >> he was in a cell they called a bull pen. how i do know this? because i seen it.
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i seen them where they took him to get my medication. >> reporter: did he ever go past you? did you ever see him? >> i did. because in where he was at, there is no toilet. so across from my cell there was one open. so he could -- he came there and used it. i seen him. that's when i seen him. and when he came out, he said peace to me. so that happened with him. he walked past me, he goes neil, you're never going to see me again. i love you, bro. >> whether did you two become aware of what he did? >> shortly after that when the detective took me into the room and started asking me questions and showing me pictures of the girls. and when he showed me the pictures of the girls and asked me do you know these girls? he showed me first so i can't tell you which. i can't tell you which one he showed me first. he said did you ever see this
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girl? and i said, no, i've never seen that girl. and then he showed met other one? have you ever seen this girl? no, i have never seen that girl. and he says that's gina dejesus and amanda berry. and my heart fell. i didn't drop physically. but i just hit the ground. and after he said that's amanda berry and they were in your brother's house. >> you had been to the house. you would go there. >> yes. >> i mean, how often? >> no, not how often. i didn't go to his house very much. but when i did, he would let me in not past the kitchen. i would sit down and the reason why we go in the kitchen is because he had alcohol. he would take me in the kitchen, give me a shot and -- >> but whether you go in the house, he would be specific then to stay in the kitchen or it just seemed that you stayed in the kitchen? >> yeah, i wasn't allowed past the kitchen. >> could you see anything beyond the kitchen? >> no. because there are curtains. >> he had the house blocked off with curtains?
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>> uh-huh. >> did he say why? >> he told me that -- i think it was winter time. he said he wanted to keep the heat in the kitchen because the gas bill. >> what about could you hear anything in the home? >> no, the radio was playing all
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the time. >> he would play music all the time? >> yeah. if not the radio, the tv. something had to be on at all times in the kitchen. so i couldn't hear nothing else but the radio or the tv. >> didn't any of that strike you as unusual? strange? >> no, because ariel was to me, he was strange, too. what is your brother to you now? >> monster. hateful. i hope he rots in that jail. i don't even want them to take his life like that. i want him to suffer in that jail. to the last extent. i don't care if he ever sees
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freedom. for what he has done to my life and my family's. >> i feel the same way. >> to the both of you now he no longer exists? >> right. >> he's gone? >> he's gone. >> almost as if you r he were dead. >> monster is a goner. >> if you could talk to gina or michelle, if you could talk to amanda and in a way you are, i guess, what would you say? >> i would tell her, i would tell them that i'm sorry that you had to go through this. i was -- i was thinking about these girls being missing and i'm just grateful that they're home and, you know, out of that horrible house and -- i just --
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i just tell them that i'm sorry for what ariel done. >> o'neal? >> the same thing. i want the families to get justice for the fullest extent. and i don't want ever to see anything like that happen to anybody in this world. i know that it's happening. we have no control over it. but if i can do something about it, i will. to stop something like that. i would never let anything like that go on to my worst enemy. this has torn my heart apart. this has killed me. i am a walking corpse right now. >> "outfront" next, first the irs targeting certain groups because of their political views. and by that we mean groups of tea party or patriot in their names. and now the justice department seizing the records in an unprecedented move of dozens of journalists without them knowing about it. what is going on with the administration? plus, gitmo, the first series our live reports from gitmo tonight. and consumer reports calls this the best car they have ever tested. we'll take you for a test drive after this. the value of your en is where it can take you. (now arriving: city hospital) which is why we're proud to help connect our students with leading employers across the nation. (next stop: financial center)
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with qualifying bundles. rethink possible. now we reach out to our outer circle. i want to go to the crisis in gitmo. chris lawrence is going inside the guantanamo bay detention camp. it is a place where few reporters have gone. he has a series of investigations this week. tonight there are 166 detainees in that prison. deent obama's
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proposition to close gitmo more are on a hunger strike. this friday marks 100 days since that strike began. dozens of them are being fed with feeding tubes and our chris lawrence is live from guantanamo bay tonightment i know you're going to have special reports on this, what's going on with gitmo, whether it can be closed, what it means for the war on terror. first, what about this hunger strike? >> that's right. we've now hit about day 100, erin. over the next few days we'll get
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access not only to the camps where the detainees are being held, but also the hospital facilities where they are treated. we'll actually get to see firsthand some of the equipment that is used to hold them down, restrain them and administer some of the nutritional supplement that's are given to those who refuse to eat. so that will be a big part of our focus. we'll also be looking at how much it costs to keep gitmo operating and on the other side as well, what the u.s. men and women, some of the guards, what they have to put up with and what they're dealing with in trying to manage this hunger strike as well. >> and i know, chris, one of the big issues, of course, is that there are people who are eligible to be released, the president chosen not to release. and there's reasons for that. what can you tell us about some of those detainee that's are being held tonight, the 166 men who are still there? >> that's right. some of them are some of the most high valued detainee that's the united states has happen apprehended in the war on terror. one of those is the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks and was responsible for bee heading
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daniel pearl and has been linked to u.s. embassy bombings in tanzania and kenya. also in the prison is from yemen, ramsi al-ashid and the man accused of masterminding the u.s.s. cole bombing. those are just some. but the thing that we have to keep in mind is president obama promises to go back at this issue and try to close guantanamo bay is the fact that more than half of the detainees have already been sort of cleared for transfer. but the majority of those who have been cleared for transfer are from yemen. president obama has said dispute what he says about going back and looking at this issue, he says the moratorium on putting detainees back in yemen is still on which means the security situation there won't allow it. so it remains to be seen how not only the u.s. is going to handle the hunger strike but how he plans to go forward in trying to close guantanamo bay. >> very true. easy thing to say and really difficult thing to do. chris lawrence, thank you very much. chris is there in guantanamo bay for a very special series of reports all week long. we'll see you tomorrow, chris.
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and now our fifth story "outfront," breaking news. two agencies under five tonight, the irs and the department of justice. and both of these are shocking stories. both of them are accused of unfairly targeting outside organizations. the white house just responded to accusations that the justice department secretly, secretly, everybody, obtained two months of telephone records for some of the associated press's reporters and editors. the associated press, of course, one of the most important and widely read news organizations in the country. white house press secretary jay carney said, and i'll quote him, "other than press reports, we have no knowledge by the justice
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department to seek phone records of the ap. we're not involved in decisions made in connection with criminal investigations as these matters are handled independently by the justice department. any on going questions about the criminal investigation should be directed to the department of justice." i think it's important to emphasize, everybody, this story about the ap, if true, is a shocking and unprecedented story. as for the irs, it's accused of going after conservative groups that were seeking tax exempt status, groups that had the name tea party or patriot in their names. we're following both of these crucial developing stories tonight from washington. brian todd looking at the charges against the justice department and jim acosta has been working his sources in the irs case. i want to go to you, brian. the ap is calling this massive and unprecedented. it seems to be that way. you can't do this and take all these records without getting permission to do so. what was the department of justice doing? >> erin, this goes back to a story a year ago this month. ap and other news organizations reported on a foiled terror
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plot, reports came out in may of 2012. they reported there was a mole recruited by the saudis who infiltrated al qaeda in the arabian peninsula and gave the bomb to saudi officials and reported details of the plot. now ap says u.s. government officials have said in public testimony that the u.s. attorneys conducting a criminal investigation into. >> but the duration of those calls, all of that, and that's the kind of information they were after that might have given them so kind of a road map into who might have leaked information at least to the associated prez. >> thank you very much, brian. of course, that would be a
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breech. and now i want to go to jim acosta on the irs targeting scandal. i know you have some new information about just who knew what when and who it was within the irs, jim. >> three years ago, just as the tea party was taking off as a political force in the u.s., conservative groups within the movement were being targeted by the internal revenue service. >> it's quite remarkable how long this was under and how long the practice went on. and the question is how far up did somebody know. >> president obama vowed to take action. >> i will not tolerate it and we'll make sure that we find out exactly what happened on this. >> according to an inspector general's report on the matter obtained by cnn, an irs unit in cincinnati issued a "be on the lookout" for tea party groups in 2010. groups that focused on
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government spending or making america a better place or even criticizing how the country is being run. but just last year, the irs commissioner at the time flatly told congress none of that was going on. >> as you know, we pride ourselves on being a nonpolitical, nonpartisan organization. >> over the weekend, the irs issued a statement that its own senior leadership was in the dark. but the woman in charge of modifying tax exempt groups was aware. that draft she reports says she knew about the targeting in june of 2011 and raised concerns internally. still, six months later, members of the house weighs and means committee say when learner met with them, she did not bring it up. learner has insisted that her agents were not acting out of political bias.
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>> this was a streamlined way where they didn't have the appropriate level of sensitivity about how this might appear to others. it was just wrong. >> learner had few details on a conference call with reporters late last week. admitting she was still trying to get her numbers straight. >> you're with the irs? >> but i'm a lawyer, i'm not an accountant. >> it's something the president has joked about. >> now i've made some jokes about the president this evening. and i'm looking forward to my audit. [ laughter ] >> it's coming. i know, sir, it's coming. >> matt kibey predicts the irs targeting will breathe new life into their improvements. >> you don't have to be a math wiz to figure out how an irs scandal could damage democrats
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heading into next year's midterms. including perhaps, the removal of the acting commissioner of the irs and hearings, as soon as possible. erin? >> even more people than usual are angry with the irs today. some say the entire irs should be shut down. well, what would that be like? that bricks me to tonight's number. 11. that's how many days before the irs will be shut down. may 24 is the first of four scheduled furlough days. nearly 100 thousand irs workers will get an unpaid vacation. all right, up next, consumer reports says this is the best car they have ever tested.
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every night, we take a look outside the day's top stories. tonight, good news for electric car company tesles. during the first quarter of this year, it's a pret city sexy car. it's out selling its german counter parts. i looked, i said it was an awesome car. i was jealous. it is a big, big endorsement. the model s needs a network and there aren't a lot of them yet. there are now two in connecticut and delaware that connect the big corridor in the northeast between washington, d.c. and boston.
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norfolk southern. one line, infinite possibilities. this is "piers morgan live." welcome to our viewers in the united states and around the world. tonight, breaking news from cleveland, disturbing new details of ariel castro's days and nights behind bars. he's still under what's called suicide prevention and is reportedly been walking around his cell naked. we also have a new audio recording of the arrest of ariel castro. listen to this. >> per a neighbor, he also rides motorcycles, he has like three motorcycles that he personally owns. the suspect. >> the male's in custody? >> much more from the cnn exclusive, what ariel castro's brothers say now. >> i hope he rots in that jail. i don't even want them to take his life like that. i want him to suffer in that